Kevin Durant looks to have reinjured his calf, as the Warriors superstar limped off the court with medical assistance in the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Warriors led 39-34 at the time, as Durant has been taken to the locker room with the help of veteran Andre Iguodala, as well.
He helped spark the early Golden State lead with 11 points. He has had nearly a month off after straining his calf against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals.
Here’s video of the injury.
“He’s gonna play tonight,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told NBA TV prior to the game. “There’s not a minutes restriction, it’s gonna be based more on how he’s feeling. He hasn’t played, obviously, in a month. So we’ll see about his conditioning. If he gets tired we’ll take him out, and when he’s ready to go back in we’ll put him back in.”
The Toronto crowd initially roared in approval until Raptors guard Kyle Lowry signaled for them to stop.
ESPN sideline reporter Doris Burke said the situation was “quiet” in the Golden State locker room just before halftime, indicating that Durant’s status for the rest of the game is in jeopardy.
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne tweeted that the All-Star will sit the rest of the night and receive an MRI tomorrow.
The Warriors lead 62-56 at the break with their backs against the wall in the series. Toronto leads 3-1 with a chance to give Canada its first professional sports championship since 1993 (Blue Jays in World Series, Canadiens in Stanley Cup).